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March/April 2020

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Regional Focus
After slow period, South America now brims with potential
With exploration activity picking up in key areas, drilling contractors position themselves to take advantage of operator demand
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
Upbeat outlook for Africa’s offshore rig market as utilization stabilizes
By Jessica Whiteside, Contributor
Innovating While Drilling
A novel approach of analyzing well sections as MPD candidates
By Hasan Malik, UPDC-Aramco KSA
In evaluating the business case for implementing MPD, well design optimization is too often overlooked
By Oscar Gabaldon, Romar Gonzalez Luis, Patrick Brand, Sherif Saber, Anton Kozlov and William Bacon, Blade Energy Partners; Catherine Sugden, Sugden Consulting
At-bit steerable system enables single-trip vertical, curve and lateral drilling in North American shales
By Gilles Vié, Schlumberger
Wellbore-shielding fluid additive during drilling, completions can help to boost potential production rates
By Rodney Uchytil, Paul Craddock and Justin Mclellan, Impact Fluid Solutions
Gyro-while-drilling technology enables wellbore collision risk management in ERD application
By Manchukarn Naknaka and Praisont Prasertamporn, Mubadala Petroleum; Adrián Ledroz and Jayaneethe Naranasamy, Gyrodata; and Kesavan Ramasamy, Baker Hughes
Statistical analysis helps to quantify benefits of new bit technology
By Chris Gooch, Ulterra
Stena Drilling: A journey from zero MPD capability to fully integrated, ‘owned and operated’ MPD service
By Nick Ward and Stuart WYSE, Stena Drilling
Electrically powered, open-platform wired drill pipe technology headed for commercial launch this year
By Ian Silvester, Reelwell
Surge and swab during drill pipe connections on floaters may affect pressure windows in calm weather
By John-Morten Godhavn and Banzi Olorunju, Equinor; Dmitri Gorski, Martin Kvernland, and Mateus Sant’Ana, Heavelock Solutions; Ole Morten Aamo and Sigbjørn Sangesland, NTNU
IADC Connection
From the President: Safety, training and youth engagement highlight areas of focus for IADC in 2020
By Jason McFarland, IADC President
News Cuttings

Wirelines

Departments
Drilling Ahead: Novel coronavirus likely to hit oilfield budgets, supply chains
By Linda Hsieh, Editor & Publisher
D&C News

D&C Tech Digest

HSE&T Corner: NIOSH – Implementation of engineering controls may help reduce worker exposure to drill site hazards, long-term risks
By Stephen Whitfield, Associate Editor
People, Companies and Products

Products

Perspectives: Brian Piccolo, AFGlobal – Vision for safer, more autonomous drilling guides his work as Chairman of IADC UBO/MPD Committee
By Jay Stracke, Editorial Assistant